(Closed) Buying a Smaller Dress

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
433 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@noenyu: I haven’t done this personally but my friend did for her wedding.

She was so determined to loose weight, and she knew for herself, if she bought a smaller dress it would force her to do so.

She went on a seriously healthy diet and began exercising and taking vitamins. she went in for a dress fitting and she had lost weight but not enough yet. Then, as she was so close to her goal she found out she was pregnant and had to buy an entirely new dress.

Post # 4
851 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

No, but I have lost 45 pounds in 6 months before so I know with the right motivation these things are possible.

How much smaller are you thinking to buy?

Post # 5
4605 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I ended up buying a smaller dress. I’m not sure that I’m going to be able to lose the weight and keep it off since the wedding is sooooo far away… It’s only about a size or 2 smaller than what I need. If I don’t lose the weight and keep it off, then I probably will have to buy a new dress, assuming that I even have a traditional ceremony. I might end up at the courthouse.

Post # 6
8353 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

I purchased my gown in a size 6 because it was a sample and at a discount. I was assured that it could be altered though to my size. I am a 12 on top and I was bigger than a 6 in my waist when I purchased my gown. Since purchasing it, I have lost a little weight, so no alterations were needed in the waist; just the bust. There was an additional 6 inches that could be let out in the seams of my gown, so it will fit nicely on the day of. Losing a little bit of weight also helped, I think.

Post # 7
60 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’d be terrified of not loosing enough weight, or loosing it in the wrong places – like getting a smaller dress and not having enough bust to fill it but too much bum…tricky and costly to alter and it may mean the dress doesn’t suit me as much. I went for a dress that fits!

Post # 8
24 posts
  • Wedding: May 2011

I bought a dress 15 months out that was about 2 sizes to small….maybe 3. and I kept saying I had plenty of time until just a couple of months ago when i realized there was no way I was going to loose all that weight. I sold the 1st dress for less than half it was worth and bought my new dress. I personally wouldn’t advise it. if you lose weight, great! but you don’t need that kinds of stress. getting it taken in is a lot cheaper than buying a new dress if you don’t loose it. just my advice. good luck!

Post # 9
4109 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I just ordered my dress in a size smaller than I am now. My wedding is in November, and for some reason I haven’t lost my holiday weight yet this year. It’s rare for me to be 15 pounds over what I usually am for this long, but I’m not worried- I know my regular dress size & I have plenty of time to get the weight off.

Post # 10
4605 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I was going to add this earlier, but I had computer troubles.

I wouldn’t suggest buying a smaller dress. The only reason I ended up with one is because my friend was desperate to get rid of it. I know how I am when it comes to losing weight and I’ll probably lose 15 pounds or so but I’ll never be able to keep it off. I’m probably going to end up reselling that dress that I bought and buying a new one with a corset back closer to the wedding.

Post # 11
310 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I purchased a sample dress which was a 10 but we all know it’s really a 6 or 8 and was petrified of not losing enough weight,  I’m a size 10 or 12 depending on what it is and finally lost the weight do to wedding stress. i bought the sample since I couldnt afford it brand new and it never zipped up since I purchased back in Oct. 2010.  I tried it on this past Sunday and it does fit due to stress and diet which meant eating smaller portions, no eating out, no rice, pasta or carbs.  It is possible to order the smaller size as long as you have motivation and stick to your diet.

Post # 13
1326 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Tre Bella, Mesa, AZ

I have a corset back on mine, and it could go up or down one size (possibly up two sizes). However, my waist seems to be much smaller than my bust, and if I do go down a full size, the bottom of the back probably won’t close tight enough since it’s already almost closed near the bottom. I was hoping to lose a bit of weight before the wedding (15 lbs. max – which won’t be a full size at my height).

Post # 15
5921 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

If you want to lose weight, find a program that works, and do it for your health, in a healthy way.  I would just be afraid that you’d get close to the end, and try to crash diet to fit. 

Alterations are much cheaper than a new dress.

Post # 16
446 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I did!

My bust and waist fit the smaller size (with 1/2-1 inch to spare) and my booty was about 1/2 inch too big (go figure).  I was at my heaviest when I was engaged so I told the lady at the bridal store to order the smaller size and I promised I’d lose the weight.

I then asked her how many brides who say they are going to lose the weight actually lose it? She said, most of them DO.  I felt more confident about my decision after that. 

Since I got fitted, about 4 months ago, I’ve already lost 7 pounds (and I was only 107 to begin with).  As long as your weight loss expectations are not ridiculous, go for the smaller size.  It will be motivation to lose the weight.

In any event, I have a corset back, so there is a bit of wiggle room 🙂  Good luck!

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